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  • Chew on this — sugarless gum can be good for teeth
    Nov. 12, 2021

    Chew on this — sugarless gum can be good for teeth

    General oral health

    Gum sweetened with sugar or corn syrup can contribute to plaque buildup, lead to erosion of your teeth’s enamel and increase your cavity risk. The more often you chew gum with sugar and the longer you chew each time, the more damage it can do.

  • 55 Illinois schools to receive new water bottle-filling stations
    Nov. 5, 2021

    55 Illinois schools to receive new water bottle-filling stations

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation

    Fifty-five Illinois schools will receive new water bottle-filling stations to encourage students to drink more water as part of H2O On the Go, a grant program started last year by Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation and Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation.

  • Caring for children's teeth between ages 6 and 18
    Apr. 8, 2021

    Caring for children's teeth between ages 6 and 18

    Children’s Oral Health

    While oral health care is important from birth, it’s especially critical starting at age 6 when permanent teeth begin to come in. Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic diseases for kids and it’s usually preventable. Cavities and gum disease occur even more frequently as children reach adolescence — with 54% of kids ages 12 to 19 having had, or currently having, cavities.

  • Too much Halloween candy remains spooky for your teeth
    Oct. 13, 2020

    Too much Halloween candy remains spooky for your teeth

    Children’s Oral Health

    Whether your children trick-or-treat this year or just enjoy some sweets at home, help protect their oral health this Halloween season. While a piece of candy can make just about anyone smile, try not to overindulge, and choose candy wisely – candy that melts easily is the best choice – and take special care by brushing and flossing afterward.

  • Learn the proper technique for brushing your teeth
    Aug. 4, 2020

    Learn the proper technique for brushing your teeth

    General oral health

    You know brushing your teeth is important, but how you go about doing so can make a significant difference in your long-term oral health. If you fail to brush your teeth thoroughly and with a good technique, your teeth may look and feel clean, but layers of plaque will build up in hard-to-reach places and cause tooth decay. Eventually some of it will harden into tartar, collect more plaque, causing gum damage and other unwanted oral health issues.

  • How to manage stress during the coronavirus pandemic
    Apr. 2, 2020

    How to manage stress during the coronavirus pandemic

    General oral health

    With the legalization of cannabis in Illinois, it may be tempting to turn to marijuana — as well as tobacco and alcohol — as a way to manage anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic. But Delta Dental of Illinois is urging Illinoisans to opt for healthier ways to relieve stress this April during Oral Cancer Awareness Month. “Smoking marijuana can lead to a number of oral health problems including dry mouth and an increased risk of cavities and gum disease,”

  • Talking with kids about the dangers of vaping
    Feb. 6, 2020

    Talking with kids about the dangers of vaping

    Children’s Oral Health

    It’s never too early to talk with your kids about the dangers of tobacco, especially given the explosive growth of vaping. February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, a great time to address the issue. Here’s why there’s reason for concern: The use of e-cigarettes among Illinois high schoolers increased by 45% between 2016 and 2018.

  • Temporary baby teeth have a long-lasting effect
    Feb. 3, 2020

    Temporary baby teeth have a long-lasting effect

    Children’s Oral Health

    Baby teeth aren’t meant to be permanent. They emerge from about the time a child is 6 months old until around their third birthday. But they already start to fall out around age 6.1 Because they’re temporary placeholders for permanent teeth, issues with baby teeth may seem like no big deal. But baby teeth actually serve critical purposes.

  • How healthy teeth are linked to rocks
    Jan. 14, 2020

    How healthy teeth are linked to rocks

    General oral health

    Fluoride — a key mineral for strong teeth — originates in rocks. It’s then released into soil, water and air. So if fluoride is naturally found in water, why is it added to our water supplies and toothpaste? Before we answer, let’s explore why the American Dental Association labeled fluoride “nature’s cavity fighter.”

  • A Baby's Oral Health...Plus Tips for New Parents to Keep Their Oral Health in Check
    Sep. 3, 2019

    A Baby's Oral Health...Plus Tips for New Parents to Keep Their Oral Health in Check

    Children’s Oral Health

    Studies suggest that breastfeeding can be beneficial to a newborn’s baby’s oral and overall health. It’s just as important for parents to keep an eye on their own oral health. Here are a few tips to help parents and babies enjoy healthy smiles.

  • Why You Might Think Twice Before Eating Too Much Ice Cream
    Jul. 17, 2019

    Why You Might Think Twice Before Eating Too Much Ice Cream

    General oral health

    Why you might think twice before eating too much ice cream There are few treats more tempting than a cold dish of ice cream during the hottest days of summer. It’s no wonder 90% of American households indulge in this frosty dessert.1 In honor of National Ice Cream Month in July, here’s the scoop on how ice cream can have an effect on oral health.

  • Should You Avoid Some Fruit?
    Jun. 1, 2019

    Should You Avoid Some Fruit?

    General oral health

    With so much produce in season right now, it’s a good time to consider the effects of fruit on your smile. Not only are fruits better for you than sweets, they can also reduce your cravings for sugary snacks. Most fruits are mouth-friendly, especially crisp ones like apples that help clean plaque from your teeth and freshen breath.1 However, some fruits may have surprising effects on your smile.

  • Four Ways You Could Be at Risk for Tooth Loss
    May 1, 2019

    Four Ways You Could Be at Risk for Tooth Loss

    General oral health

    Older Americans are keeping their teeth longer than ever.1 Here’s more good news: Some causes of tooth loss can be in your control. That’s why it is so important to maintain a good oral health routine and visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.

  • What your family history says about your teeth
    Mar. 1, 2019

    What your family history says about your teeth

    General oral health

    Your genetics may provide a window into your risk for oral health issues. Understanding your family history can help you stay prepared to keep cavities and gum disease at bay. Your parents probably told you candy causes cavities, but that’s not the only thing that causes them. Risk for cavities is 60 percent due to genetic factors such as preference for sweets, teeth enamel strength and saliva composition, according to the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.1 If members of your f

  • The Basics of Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
    Feb. 11, 2019

    The Basics of Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

    Children’s Oral Health

    When parents put their little ones to sleep, sometimes they leave them with a bottle. While that might be soothing as they drift off to dreamland, leaving a bottle in the crib can be problematic for tiny teeth. In celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month this February, take a moment to brush up on the basics of baby bottle tooth decay.

  • Encourage Kids to Brush, Floss and Visit the Dentist for a Healthy Smile
    Feb. 4, 2019

    Encourage Kids to Brush, Floss and Visit the Dentist for a Healthy Smile

    Children’s Oral Health

    February is National Children’s Dental Health Month — the perfect time to emphasize the importance of establishing good oral health habits at an early age to prevent tooth decay. Although preventable, tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease, according to the U.S. Surgeon General. Tooth decay can develop any time after the first tooth comes in, starting around 6 months of age. Establishing good dental habits in early childhood is essential for preventing or lessening the impact o